Archaeology Helper

Archaeology Helper HUD in action

Archaeology Helper accelerates your surveying by providing triangulation on a Heads-Up Display (HUD)

  • Survey then press green, yellow or red button to add new sector to the HUD and narrow down the position of your fragment
  • HUD optionally includes GatherMate2 pins showing possible fragment positions, further accelerating the process
  • Shows Dig Sites on Battlefield Minimap
  • Keybindings and various settings

How to use

Go to dig site, Right Click last button (spade) to show HUD and Left Click to cast Survay. Then ROTATE YOUR CHAR, BUT DON'T MOVE in the needed direction and press colored button according to Survey result. Move to other location, do same again.
It is strongly recommended to use in conjunction with GatherMate2, which will show all previous or imported dig-points on the HUD. When using GatherMate2 jump onto fragment before gathering! GatherMate2 data accuracy depends on that. Minimap zoom buttons also zoom the HUD display.


Left Click main window to move it
Right Click main window: opens config

Left Click on colored button: adds new sector to the HUD
Right Click on colored button: temporarily hide/show that color

Arrow button: undo last sector

Left Click spade: cast Survey
Right Click spade: show/hide the HUD
Middle Click spade: open Archaeology window

Use "/arh" or "/arhcfg" for command line help


On the HUD you can also see player arrow in the center and very small red circle that represents survey success range. And ofc all colored transparent overlapping areas that were set by you with colored buttons.

How to help

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  • Avatar of oscarucb oscarucb Jan 03, 2013 at 16:35 UTC - 0 likes

    Addon version 1.1.0 includes:

    • NEW: Added an LDB launcher and minimap icon
    • NEW: Added a keybind option for the main window
    • NEW: Auto-hide the windows in instances, bgs, cities, pet battles, combat
    • NEW: Option to toggle the windows when you toggle Archy addon
    • Toggling the main window now also toggles the HUD
    • Tweak some display defaults
    • French translation - thanks Culhag!

    Translators needed!!! - please apply localization here

    Bug Reports and Feature Requests

  • Avatar of oscarucb oscarucb Dec 11, 2012 at 16:00 UTC - 0 likes

    I'm taking over maintenance of this project, until/unless biashanord returns.

    A new version is now available with updates for 5.1. Please report success in comments and bugs here:

    Localization has been setup and we need translators - please apply localization here:

    Last edited Dec 15, 2012 by oscarucb
  • Avatar of biashanord biashanord Dec 19, 2011 at 03:32 UTC - 0 likes

    @zhTW: Go

    don't know, don't have time to think about it
    must not be hard, but i'll do it last
    you are free to create localized version - i'll upload
    or implement changes for easy localization in different languages

    Last edited Dec 19, 2011 by biashanord
  • Avatar of oscarucb oscarucb Sep 21, 2011 at 21:53 UTC - 0 likes

    Has this addon been abandoned?

  • Avatar of Superman360 Superman360 Aug 22, 2011 at 06:25 UTC - 0 likes

    Overall, this is a nice addon. I can think of a couple things that would be good to add;

    • A quick way to "minimize/restore" the hud and main window. Maybe a floating minimap icon (similar to "Gatherer").
    • Digsite boundary lines in the hud.
  • Avatar of marsaeus marsaeus Aug 02, 2011 at 03:50 UTC - 0 likes

    I love this addon, but it does not work well with Tom Tom at all. At least for me. The HUD overlay seems to drift in a weird manner and the yellow nodes move as I move... instead of moving WITH the highlighted overlay colors.

    Not sure if that is clear, but I was wondering if anyone else had any trouble using Tom Tom with the overlay of this mod?

  • Avatar of oscarucb oscarucb Apr 03, 2011 at 03:37 UTC - 0 likes

    Here is a patched version of arh.lua that adds sounds for most UI operations (and an option to disable these sounds)

  • Avatar of MrLingering MrLingering Feb 04, 2011 at 17:50 UTC - 0 likes

    If you can do a tie in to TomTom for an arrow and also give us a way to select which of the sites we can get the arrow to goto next that would rock.

  • Avatar of dazzllee dazzllee Jan 16, 2011 at 11:47 UTC - 0 likes

    HELLO i change the "key bindings Settings" But i cant reset ... i reset all settings, but dont work. I want reset my key binds, beacause "esc" to clear the binding not working. I delete all folders, reinstall my wow, what i can i do?!!?

    thanks all

  • Avatar of zhTW zhTW Jan 05, 2011 at 01:28 UTC - 0 likes

    I would like to do zhTW translation. What should I do?


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